How to Overcome That ‘Blah’ Feeling
It’s a rainy morning here on Long Island, and I’ve been up since 4:30. I was supposed to have a session at 5:30, but found out upon arrival that my client wasn’t even home…
In many cases, somebody in my position would be furious. Waking up this early has NEVER been easy for me, and to not even see a text message come in overnight cancelling used to be something that really got my blood boiling.
However, I learned long ago that you can’t rely on others to make you happy, sad or anything in between. At the end of the day, YOU decide how you react and adapt to the curveballs life throws at you.
So, what’d I do? I drove to my next client’s area, stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts to get my daily Large Cold Brew Coffee Black, and I’m typing this email to you while sitting in the parking lot.
People often use circumstances as an excuse to fall off the wagon. You may have a workout planned for after work, but it may have been a crappy day, and every bone in your body may feel like skipping. Heck, you may even have healthy food in the fridge that won’t take long to prepare, but you may prefer to sit on the couch and order a pizza to try and forget about the day you had.
I get it. Been there, done that!
The problem with ALWAYS giving into this state of lethargy is that our bodies and our minds like to travel the path of least resistance. Sitting on the couch eating bonbons and talking shit is a lot easier than waking up early, going to work, working out, and then making a healthy meal. It’s a long day for most, and the healthy components can feel like a second job after completing your first one.
Yesterday, I had a client who was complaining about some aches and pains at the start of our session. She’d had company over the weekend, and since she had recently moved into a new home, she had to move quite a few boxes, pieces of furniture, etc. in preparation.
We warmed up, eased her into the workout, and by the end, she was telling me that not only had the aches and pains dissipated, but her energy level had skyrocketed! She stated that she was glad that she’d forced herself to go through with it, because she probably would have just wasted her morning otherwise.
Now, I’m not saying it’s not a good idea to sometimes succumb to this ‘blah’ feeling. A bad day is one thing — A bad week is quite another!
Sometimes we just need to relax, but more often than not, it’s advantageous to power through with our healthy lifestyles. Every fiber of your being may tell you to just sit back on the couch, order takeout and skip the workout, but at the end of the day, your mind, your body and your spirit will be all the better for powering through.
It’s said that a habit takes 60 days of consecutive action to form. While I don’t recommend you work out every day, you CAN perform a healthy task like meal prep on a day you take off from physical activity. This won’t take more than an hour, and will insure that you have healthy meals and snacks prepared IN BULK, so you can just grab-and-go as needed.
When I first start with a client, they’re amazed that it only takes about 3.5 hours per week between working out and meal prep to insure that they see the results they’d like.
There are 168 hours in a week, 165.5 of which I tell them they can use however they see fit. You mean to tell me you don’t have 3.5 hours this week?
Again, don’t let your circumstances be an excuse for inactivity. Action is powerful, so take it today, even if you’re feeling out of it.
You’ve got this!
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